Do antiperspirants cause yellow stains on underarms of mens white shirts? if so, what is the best kind of deodorant to use?
Marilyn from Mobile, AL
I was reading all of the posts about deodorant and realized how lucky I am. I live in Mexico now and for many, many years have been buying a natural rock at the hardware store that is used to help clean swimming pools here. Potassium alum or sulfate of aluminum and potassium, it's a crystal. It's very inexpensive, it never stains my clothing. It's good for two to three days (no bath) and best of all, it works!! I just rub the crystal in the drops of water in the sink and rub on my armpit. (I keep it in a glass basket so it dries well.) It's never failed me. If you can find it, it's great.
By Russ Peterson08/16/2010
The absolute best solution is to dampen a sponge, sprinkle on baking soda, and apply to underarms. It works great and is very inexpensive. It won't stain clothing and eliminates any body odor issues. Simple and cheap!
I avoid the deodorants that you get in the stores, the aluminum based chemicals in them are seriously toxic.The body is supposed to sweat, and blocking that ability with anti-perspirants is actually very unhealthy. I use a simple mixture of water and baking soda, and only have to use it once a day. There is absolutely no odor.
Also, sweat stains have alot to do with diet as well. Your body doesn't absorb everything you put into it...so it has to go somewhere. Drink lots of water and eat lots of fruits and veg...shocking but it really does affect it.
I just made a homemade deodorant. We can't believe how well it works. It does provide antiperspirant protection, too!
My husband who has hair under his arms (doesn't shave like some swimmers or bodybuilders or bikers) said to me--if this stuff works this well, why are people using the other stuff? My answer: our ancestors used this. Commercialism and profits created a new market.
The recipe is as follows. I use a cream "base" but my husband just uses the powder. Pennies to prepare. Smells fresh and incredible.
Natural Cream Base (apply with fingertips), use with powder, not alone
3 T coconut oil (I use spectrum organic)
2 drops tea tree oil
2 T rose water* (optional)
1 Vit E capsule, punctured prior to use (don't use gel capsule itself)
Melt above ingredients in micro or in a glass container. Whisk well.
Store in container. Product will harden but upon body contact with fingers will melt. Spread on moist or dry underarms--doesn't matter prior to using powder. Do not use this alone. It works best with powder below. Coconut oil is natural anitbac and tea tree is antibac, antifung, etc. Rosewater is optional but smells nice!
*Rosewater: cover 2 cups fresh-picked ORGANIC (do not use florist roses or roses that have been sprayed with chemicals or any kind) rose petals with boiling water. Let steep five minutes. Strain. Add 1 tsp glycerin and 1 tsp vodka (optional) to preserve. Store in refrigerator is no vodka is used
Basic Powder Deodorant (use with above cream or alone. Works best iwth cream)
1/2 cup baking soda (Arm and Hammer is USP or so is most generic)
1/2 cup cornstarch
few drops tea tree oil
few drops essential oil of choice
2 bay leafs, whole
Mix in a small airtight container. Apply with kabuki brush or cotton ball my pressing, not brushing onto above cream or moist, not dry underarms. Leave the bay leaf in container--it smells lovely. I add a mint tea packet also--it also imparts a great fragrance.
*This is the best deodorant I have ever used in my life. My 10 year old son is ordor free for the first time. We don't like using dangerous chemicals or antiperspirants. This provides antiperspirant qualities as well.
There has been absolutely no odor after 24 hours before showering (after sweating even!) for my husband, son or I. This is incredible. Give it a try, even if it's to make a very small batch (try a sampler 1 T baking soda to 1 T cornstarch, I think the tea tree oil is a must, also the bay leaf is great!)
Enjoy. Does not stain. Any stains , if they would happen, would wash away. Baking soda will only soften your water. Cornstarch dissolves easily. I have never noticed any staining. Also great to use as body powder.
I found what might be the "HOLY GRAIL" of stain free deodorants and a method that fixes the problem!!
I have spent so much money on new work shirts, new casual shirts, and new undershirts. Finally, a friend of mine who had the same problem did several experiments with different products, and figured out a combination.
First (and foremost), before you wear a shirt, wash it and use vinegar in the washing cycle and never use either Liquid OR Dryer sheets for softener on the shirts that have issues. Predominantly, shirts that contain cotton will have the most issues, since cotton fiber is like velcro, and everything clings to it, and any sort of softener only makes it 'stickier'.
Then, right after you get out of the shower, cool your body off then squeeze a lemon wedge around the entire area surrounding your armpit. Let it set for a couple minutes then completely dry the underarm area THOROUGHLY..
The deodorant that does not cake up on cotton or materials is called "Herbal Clear". I use "Sport" fragrance or sometimes "Outdoor", because it smells really good like the major name ones. It contains Tea Tree Oil, so it also helps with any minor irritations, and says it's Hypoallergenic. The company is out of Tempe, AZ, and the back of the stick has the website: 21stcenturyvitamins.com , but I buy it at WinCo Foods, Trader Joe's or Albertson's. WinCo sells it for about $3.50, but TJ's or Albertson's sell it for $5, so I always stock up at WinCo. I noticed that it comes in 4 fragrances and one fragrance free.
Good luck everyone, I think this is the solution! :)
By by julian (Guest Post)10/11/2008
If you don't want stained clothing. Try Axe dry wait five minutes and no stains. Axe doesn't last that long but it sure does smell great.
By Marion 08/07/2008
Try cider vinegar on underarms and other areas of the body as a natural deodorant. Will not stop perspiration (which is not healthy anyway) but will neutralize odor.
By Dave (Guest Post)08/06/2008
You can use any anti-perspirant with aluminum in it, just let it completely dry before putting your shirt on or before sweating. This will stop the staining. I ruined many shirts but since ive been doing this ive solved that problem! So let it dry! and dont put too much. just a little is enough, try it!
By vivian (Guest Post)08/06/2008
Don't use dove.
By Miguel (Guest Post)08/05/2008
I used Old spice and it is bad!. Most of my colored shirts have weird stains. It worked well on my white shirts though, cause you can't really see any stains. I changed to Rexona Dry Spray and it didn't stain any of my clothes but it doesn't last long. I switched to Degree and it works awesome with the smell problem and doesn't stain colored clothes, but it does ruin white ones!
By Slim Sam (Guest Post)07/01/2008
Check this website: www.tawascrystal.com
Tawas is potassium alum and is widely used in Asia as a deodorant and anti-perspirant. Frequent use also whitens armpits (and groins too!). They come in powder form or in a smooth solid stone you can just rub on after a shower/bath and before drying. Been using it for decades.
By lucy (Guest Post)03/29/2008
Well I think that the best result for not getting those nasty yellow marks on shirts is LEMON! Use lemon after you shower for about a week. It will stop the yellow marks and you wont stink. Mexican people used it. I used to stain my white shirts ,and my friend told me about the lemon. I though she was just kidding, but I tried it and it worked. After a week, you can start using your deodorant. Hope this works for you :)
By Cherrell,Claremont (Guest Post)12/20/2007
Dove is the best deodorant. I did an experiment on it, and out of lady speed, degree and dove, it won.
By L Ashton11/25/2007
All four of us in our family use a different antiperspirant and have the same crusty yellow underarm stains on all clothes. On another site, someone mentioned turpentine as a solution. That is close , as it takes a petroleum distillate to dissolve the greasy stains. I use Goof off! It is available in liquid or spray and can be found at Home Depot in the paint department. I spray the stain and rub real well. Do this outside because of fumes. Leave outside overnight (in the garage is ok), then wash. It may take 2 treatments, and I wouldn't use it on silk.
By Trinity (Guest Post)10/27/2007
Aluminum is the active ingredient in most anti-perspirants and is responsible for the stains. If you switch to a strictly deodorant product you won't have the same problem. Usually the only aluminum-free products out there are of the all-natural variety; some of them don't work well and can have scents that are worse than BO, but I really Tom's of Maine deodorant stick in the Lemongrass scent. No stains or stinkiness so far!
By unknown (Guest Post)10/12/2007
I had sweat problems with DOVE!!
I also use a Deodorant Crystal it works and doesn't stain. It is a little more exp. but lasts a long time, over a year. It also does not include aluminums which is suppose to be harmful.
By Janice (Guest Post)10/08/2007
Secret Platinum clear gel deodorant/antiperspirant stained/bleached my shirt!
By michelle (Guest Post)09/23/2007
I bought the clear thinking that it wouldn't cake up etc. Well it won't cake up, it will just do something else. Today I noticed that on a baby blue shirt, there were literally white spots on anywhere the deodorant touched. Almost like I bleached it. That was the WORST thing ever. If anyone can offer any tips, I would greatly appreciate them.
By melissa (Guest Post)09/19/2007
DONT USE DOVE! it has ruined every white shirt I have and I cant figure out why. I am so frustrated. It leaves rings after a couple of washes that are tannish brown. anyone have any idea what it is?
i tired jean's suggestion about soaking clothing in dish detergent and it ruined my shirt. no hard feelings, jean :-) just wanted to warn everyone
By Yvette (Guest Post)05/27/2007
Addidas 24hr Control Absorbent-Deo for women.
It causes a bit of irritation though. I usually use it a day or two days shavings .
By Kim McGrantham05/21/2007
I don't recommend Deoderants. They do stop the odor, but you still sweat, and the sweat mixed in with whatever you are using now is whats staining your clothes. You should definitly try to use a clear gel type antipersperant/deoderant. It would solve your problem :)
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